1993 Ford Thunderbird V6 from North America


A money pit


What hasn't gone wrong with this car. I have replaced the engine. I have had to have the radiator replaced twice. I have replaced the heating coil. I have thrown a rod and had to replace the transmission. I go through tires in a year due to the poor alignment.

General Comments:

I hate this car. I have spent in repairs three times what I paid for the car. But I have spent so much money on it, I can't get another car. DO NOT buy this car. The engine is bad. Ford would not recall it for the defect even though they recalled the 94, which has the exact same engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 2004

5th Sep 2004, 12:40

I too have had a similar headache and wallet ache with my Thunderbird. I have owned 3 of them and this one was the worst for expensive repairs. Head gasket at 59,000 miles, transmission grommet at 85,000 miles and now the rod bearing went as well. I cannot put any more money into this car. I am currently looking for another car. I must say it was the most fun and comfortable to drive while it lasted. Like every other aspect of the car and wish the manufacturer would have admitted that the head gasket was a problem on the 1993, too.

1993 Ford Thunderbird L X 3.8 from North America


Nice car to look at, but a nightmare to own


Well lets start with coolant system. There seems to be a major problem here. Temperature gauge jumps all over the place, from reading dead cold to almost overheating point.

I am also having problems with the heating system in this car. This vehicle seems to have a mind of its own. Going from freezing cold, after running for 20 minutes. Then suddenly the temperature gauge will rise sharply to a point of almost going off the scale. After dropping to normal, there may finally be a little heat. There seems to be some kind of air-lock problem with the system that I can't figure out.

General Comments:

Now let me move on to something else that has been bothering me. The electrical system is very unstable is this car. The mirror switch does not work properly moving in the "out" or "down" positions on either side of the vehicle. The fog lamps switch flickers when you try to turn them on, but will not come on, and when it does only one fog lamp lights up.

The power seat on the drivers side of the car does not move forward, but will move in any other direction.

Interior light does not come on when the driver's side door is opened from the inside, but does from the passengers side. Passenger side door lock also does not work when trying to lock the car from that side.

Finally the radio seems to have an awful problem with static through it.

One good thing I must say about this car is that it handles well under heavy torque, and it also rides smoothly with its independent suspension.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th December, 2003

30th Dec 2003, 07:00

Good Lord, man! The car's got over 240 thousand kilometers on the ticker! I'm no Ford fan, but you might consider cutting them a break in this case...

2nd Jan 2004, 18:13

The problem with the temp guage is probably due to a blown head gasket. When the pressure gets too high it forces coolant through the head gasket. There is no coolant to use to measure the temp and the guage says it's cold. It then jumps because pressure dropped and coolant flow began again. The engine is overheating and will continue to go downhill until it has to be rebuilt.

28th Mar 2004, 15:48

I also had an issue with the temp gauge going crazy... one minute all the way cold then flying to overheating. When I took it to the garage they found out I had a blown head gasket.

20th Dec 2004, 08:20

My '95 Thunderbird LX had the exact same problem, and it turned out to be a blown head gasket. It turns out Ford had issued a recall for it and paid for the repair (including the tune up I had done along with the gasket repair). Ford said that it was a factory problem in '94-95 Mustangs and T-birds.

8th Jul 2010, 23:39

I bought my 93 Tbird LX almost 8 years ago, and aside from replacing a water pump a few months after I bought it, with regular maintenance this car is by far the best car I've ever owned.

The paint was faded on the trunk hood and roof, so I had it repainted, but that's nothing mechanical, I swear by my Bird, even after 150K!